Mike is one of the owners of "The Straven Road Veterinary Centre Ltd", which was established at the start of the new millenium . He is currently the senior veterinarian in the practice and, with the retirement of Chris Steel in 2007, he is now also the practice manager.
Mike graduated with distinction as a veterinarian from Massey University in 1980. Initially he worked for 9 years in mixed veterinary practice, with 4 years in Timaru, followed by 5 years in Rangiora. He moved back to Christchurch in 1989 to concentrate fully on small medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Centre.
He has regularly attended postgraduate veterinary courses on a wide range of topics in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa to maintain and improve his knowledge and skills. For many years he assisted a specialist veterinary surgeon, Dr Larry Anderson, with referral medical and surgical cases from other veterinary practices in the South Island. Mike has a special interest in bird medicine and surgery.
Mike is married to a pharmacist, Maureen, and has two children, a daughter who works as a physiotherapist in Australia and a son who works as a civil engineer in Nelson. He currently has 2 pets; Joey, a 6 month old budgie and Ana, an 8 year old Curly Coated Retriever dog, who you will often see sitting in the reception area at the clinic looking for attention from anyone!